I am the Lord, your Physician!

In the middle of the merry nature we see, how a paralyzed child is driven in a wheelchair. Somebody, who still has a heart, which is not insensible to his neighbour, he will realize in that moment that something is wrong with our world, that the world, in which such a torture and sadness is possible, cannot be the genuine creation of God. Something anti-divine must have befallen the world. The world has apostated from her genesis. Destroying powers have seized rule in this world.

Only in a world having become godless, there is malady. Because the world suffers from God, therefore there are sick people. Solely a world, which would be secure in God, a delivered world, would be without any malady. In the Bible we encounter a strange sentence: “12 And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease [was] exceeding [great]: yet in his disease he sought not to the LORD, but to the physicians.” (2. Chron. 16, 12). It is about a devout man there, which the Bible else gives high praise for his zeal, regarding God’s matter. But this man, despite his devoutness, thought very modern, so that he strictly distinguished between matters of religion, in which someone calls on God, and the earthly matters, in which someone asks for help at earthly bodies. Diseases, particularly physical diseases are earthly matters with earthly causes and earthly cures. Consequently diseases are matters of physicians, but not of God. How could someone be allowed to bother God, the Lord of the world, with his small physical maladies? God has other concerns.

That is thought pretty reasonable and maybe even religious. But it is wrong. Surely, diseases have their earthly causes and earthly cures. But with that is stated not at all everything and not the crucial thing about the essence of disease. For sure, the invalid shall call on a physician. But the most important thing is not done solely with that, and is not realized. Behind the earthly causes and cures there are supernatural causes and supernatural cures of the disease. As long as someone passes by thereon, someone lives, ignoring his disease, and doesn’t realize its essence. Its blessing or curse remain unrecognized.

The disease belongs to God in a special way. The Bible doesn’t blame a man for calling on a physician, when he is sick, but for not calling also on God. Not by chance, Christ lived noticeably close by the invalids, not by chance, blind man, paralytics, deaf-mutes, lepers, lunatics were irresistibly attracted by him and seeked his community. Why didn’t Christ send them to the physician? Surely not, in order to damage the reputation of the physicians or to present his own skills and suggestiv powers, but in order to make clear that God and malady and that Christ and invalids belong strongly together.

Christ wants to be the real physician of the invalids. “I am the Lord, your physician!” (Exodus 15, 26). God says that, Christ says that. The Creator and Deliverer of the world wants to be the physician of the invalid. Do we want to spurn this offer, after we have accepted so many less offers with more or less success?

One, who merely intuits the connection between God and malady, one, who takes serious the unexpected offer, can get a pointer to the sin of the human beings, to the destruction of the community of the creatures with their Creator.

Here are the supernatural reasons and abysses of the malady. It is the sin of the world and it is my personal sin, I get reminded. My disease doesn’t have to be the consequence of or the punishment for a certain sin, which I had to accuse myself of, that may happen, but it is not necessaryly the case. Yet every disease will let me look into the depth of the sin of the world and the depth of my personal godlessness. This look drives me to God. When I looked into the abyss (of my sin), I don’t first ask for redemption of this or that malady, but I will confess my longly hidden guilt in the face of God. The physical malady wants to show me that my actual malady goes much deeper, so deep that no earthly physician can cure it, because my actual disease is my sin. Not merely my body, my nerves, my temper is sick, but my whole essence, my heart is sick, sick by disbelieve, by fear, by the godlessness of my life. And which healthy man doesn’t suffer from that furtive and at the same time eerie disease?

Now I know that I can be helped, if my whole essence becomes healthy, safe and new. How can that happen? The answer is very simple and yet touches the ultimate depth of our life: by true private confession and by divine forgiveness of all my sins. That may seem to be a strange turn and solution of this question for some people, but yet only for someone, who has not yet experienced the cure of the whole man by confession and forgiveness. What is confession? To open up oneself with all one’s sins, weaknesses, vices, maladies to Jesus Christ and to give him the whole heart without any reservation, according to his command. That is not easy and may seem to us harder than a dangerous surgery. Normally, the most of us will need a fraternal helper for that, who assists us at confession, may it be the pastor holding an ecclesiastical office, may it be any member of the congregation, who knows more about Christ than I. What is forgiveness? Extinction of all my whole hopeless, messy, failed past (of which maybe only I know) by God’s decree and by the present of a new and happy beginning of my life.

Who can give me such a new beginning? Nobody else than solely the crucified and living Jesus Christ, who himself experienced the hopelessness of life on himself and overcame it in the communion of God. He is the sole physician, who knows my deepest malady, who himself has beared it. He is the saviour, who can cure heart, soul and body.

How is forgivness of sins connected with physical cure? More than the most people intuit. Of course it is a mysterious connection. But isn’t it at least so much comprehensible, that a man, who got again a happy and released heart, will get rid of some physical complaint? The body often becomes ill, because it is not ruled, because it has become its own Lord.  But now the body has get again his right Lord, who rules it. The body is no longer the Lord. It is only tool, even more than that, it has become “temple of the Holy Spirit”. There are many maladies, which are not visibly subdued and eradicated by the assurance of forgiveness. But the hidden connection of received forgiveness and physical cure can become visible in such a way that medical limits are bursted, and the physicians face a mystery. One is sure: The faith is a source for cure like the disbelief is a source for destruction and sickness of the body and the soul.

When Christ calls himself the physician of the invalid, then the divine mercy shines upon every invalid. The sick one belongs to God. At him God wants to materialize his salvation. In the ill brother we encounter God’s mercy, who is the physician of the invalid in Jesus Christ. The sick man wants cure, but Christ gives him more: Salvation.

Originator of the above sermon: Dr. Dietrich Bonhoeffer (in my eyes, he is a king)

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Frederic the Great, King of Pruzzia, against the Roman Catholic Church

On Ecclesiastical Principalities

(Antimachiavel, Chapter 11, by Frederic the Great, King of Pruzzia, Promoter of Enlightenment)

(the book “Antimachiavel” refers to Machiavelli’s book “The Prince”, and is a refutation of “The Prince”)

 

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Antoine Pesne, Frederic the Great (1712-1786), 1745

Photo: Roland Handrick / SPSG

 

I have always found it very strange that these who call themselves successors of the apostles, I mean some poor men – preachers of humility and repentance – should possess great wealth, wallow in luxery, and fill posts more proper to satisfy the vanity of the age and the ostentation of the great than to occupy men who must meditate on the nothingness of human life and on the quest for salvation. However, the clergy of the Roman church is extremly rich. Bishops hold the rank of sovereign princes, and the temporal and spiritual power of the first bishop of Christendom renders him somehow the arbiter  of kings(“arbiter of kings” means that the pope was higher than the Emperor, and thus the actual temporal ruler of the whole world) and the fourth person of the Divinity (“person of Divinity” means that the pope really presumes to be on a level with God).

(Catholic) Clergymen and theologians separate the attributes of the body from those of the soul  more scrupulously than anyone else, but their arguments might better be applied to the subject of their ambition. You, they could be told, whose ministry is restricted to the spiritual realm, how can you have so grossly confused it with the temporal? You who so subtly employ the distinguo when it comes to the mind, which you do not understand at all, and to matter, which you understand very little, how does it come that you reject these distinctions when it comes to your interest? It is because these gentlemen worry very little about the unintelligible jargon that they spout out and very much about the great revenues that they take in. It is because their fashion of reasoning must conform to orthodoxy and their fashion of action to their passions; and that the tangible objects of nature are as dominant over their intellect as the real happiness of this life is over the ideal happiness of the next world.

The astonishing power of clergymen as well as everything which regards their temporal government is the subject of this chapter.

Machiavelli finds that ecclesiastical princes are very happy because they have to fear neither the rebellion of their subjects nor the ambition of their neighbours (neighbouring princes).  The respectable and impressive name of the Divinity shelters them from whatever could oppose their interest and greatness. The princes who attack them would fear the fate of Titans (Titans were thrown into the Tartarus, a kind of abyss, by the Greek god Zeus; the Catholic equivalent of Zeus is the pope) and the people who disobey them that of the sacrilegious. The pious policy of this kind of sovereign aims at persuading the world of what Despreaux expresses so well in the verse:

“He who loves not Cotin loves neither God nor king.”

What is strange is that these princes find enough credulous dupes who adhere blindly to whatever they want them to believe. It is certain, however, that no country swarms with more beggars than one run by priests. There one can see a touching picture of all human miseries, not of those poor attrackted by the alms of sovereigns, or of those insects who attach themselves to the reach, but of starving beggars deprived of necessities by the “charity” of their bishops so as to prevent them from becoming corrupted by affluence.

It is undoubtly upon the laws of Sparta where money was prohibited that the principles of these ecclesiastical governments are founded, with the difference that the prelates reserve for themselves the use of the wealth of which they most devoutly despoil their subjects. Blessed, they say, are the poor, for they shall inherit the kingdom of heaven! And since they want everybody to be saved, they make sure that everyone is poor. Oh, ecclesiastical piety, is there anything that escapes your wise foresight?

Nothing should be more edifying than the story of the heads of the church or vicars of Jesus Christ. One expects to find examples of irreproachable und saintly morals there. However, it is just the contrary. There are only obscenities, abominations, and sources of scandal; and one cannot read the lifes of the popes without detesting their cruelty and perfidy.

One sees there their immense ambition to augment their temporal power, their sordid avarice in transfering great wealth unjustly and dishonestly to their families in order to enrich their nephews, mistresses, or bastards.

Those who reflect insufficiently find it peculiar that people suffer the oppression of this kind of sovereign with docility and patience, that they do not open their eyes to the vices and excesses of the clergymen who degrade them, and that they endure from a head that is shorn what they wold not suffer from a head crowned with laurels. This phenomenon appears less strange to those who know the power of superstition upon idiots and of fanaticism on the human mind. They know that religion is an old machine that will never wear out and that has always been used to insure the fidelity of people and put a brake on the restlessness of human reason. They knew that error can blind the most penetrating men and that there is nothing more triumphant than the policy of those who put heaven and hell, God and the devil into play in order to attain their designs. Even the true religion itself, the purest source of all our good, is most deplorably abused and often becomes the origin and principle of all our misfortunes.

The author (Machiavelli) most judiciously notes what contributed to the elevation of the Holy See. Hee attributes it principally to the able conduct of Alexander VI, a pontiff who pushed cruelty to the extreme and who knew no justice but perfidy. One could not thus confuse the product of the ambition of this pontiff with the work of Divinity. Heaven could not have played any direct part in the elevation of this temporal greatness, which is only the work of a very vicious and depraved man. One could thus do no better than to distinguish carefully among clergy men betweeen the mark of God when they announce the divine orders and the corrupt man when they are thinking only of satisfying their passions.

The eulogy of Leo X concludes this chapter, but his eulogy doesn’t carry much wight since Machiavelli was the contemporary of this pope. Any praise by a subject to his master or by an author to a prince appears, what ever one may say, as very close to flattery. Our life can only be judged by posterity, which judges without passions or interest. Machiavelli should have been the last to make an attempt at flattery, for he was not a competent judge of true merit, not even knowing what virtue was; and I don’t know if it is better to have been praised than blamed by him. I leave this question for the reader to judge.

 

 

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Bigotry

Bigotry (a real burden for the mankind)

All false religions are bigoted. The members of false religions, at least those of them which take seriously their religion, love only members of their own religion, or people which they want to convert.

This nasty behaviour you find among Catholics, Muslims, Anabaptists, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, false Protestants, etc.

The problem is that the false religions regard grace as their PROPERTY. As soon as you have joined their religion, you participate in infinite grace which dispenses you from correct behaviour in daily life.

Let us take the Islam as an example:

Sura Al-Fatiha (Sura 1):

1 In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.  
 2 Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds,  
 3 The Beneficent, the Merciful.  
 4 Master of the Day of Judgment,  
 5 Thee (alone) we worship; Thee (alone) we ask for help.  
 6 Show us the straight path,  
 7 The path of those whom Thou hast favoured; Not the (path) of those who earn Thine anger nor of those who go astray.

The first Sura sounds even Christian (Allah is called merciful), but let us consider that this is not the only Sura of the Koran.

The whole context of the Koran makes it clear that the first Sura is related only to Muslim believers. Allah is merciful and gracious only towards Muslims, or people which want to convert to Islam.

This bigotry could be endured, if Islam would mean love and righteousness in daily life (a true Christian shall be full of love and righteousness to everybody independent from belief, color, nationality, status, etc. in daily life). Regretably, a good Muslim is yet a Muslim which keeps the 5 Pillars of Islam independent from practical love and righteousness:

- Faith or belief in the Oneness of God and the finality of the prophethood of Muhammad;
- Establishment of the daily prayers;
- Concern for and almsgiving to the needy;
- Self-purification through fasting; and
- The pilgrimage to Makkah for those who are able.

The 5 Pillars of Islam have not much to do with righteousness, excepted almsgiving (whereby, I would like to know, if a Muslim would give alms to a poor Christian, or if he rather would regard his poverty as a curse of Allah?).

The mean trick of all these is that you become a participant of grace yet by keeping the 5 Pillars independent from your daily behaviour. You may think like this (if you are a Muslim): I have tried to convert my workmate to Islam and keeping the 5 Pillars of Islam but he refuses. He is now under the wrath of Allah who will throw him into hell finally. Why should I love this nasty disbeliever which is not loved by Allah? Why should I give him any good hints and advices? Why should I talk with him? Why should I be concerned about his security? Why should I help him, if he is in need? Allah doesn’t love this infidel individual, hence I am allowed to hate him too.

The same attitude have got Catholics, Anabaptists, Mormons, false Protestants, etc.

They keep certain rituals of their belief and by that they are participants of infinite grace which allows them to treat their infidel fellow human beings which they regard as disbelievers, very ill. They feel not obliged to show love and righteousness to their fellow human beings.

How works a true Christian, in contrast:

A Christian knows that at Judgement Day he will get judged according to his works. Only if he has lived a life of love and righteousness, he will finally enter heaven. A Christian loves everybody independent from belief, color, nationality, status, etc. He loves people, even if they are no Christians and even if they don’t want to become Christians. A true Christian doesn’t  regard God’s grace as his property, but shares it with his fellow human beings. The Christian regards always himself as that one who is required by God to behave correctly. A Christian oversees the sins of his fellow human beings, and behaves friendly and kindly despite their sins (of course, if people harm one another, the Christian has to intervene and to stop the wrongdoer).

Yet, a true Christian will hold on to the truth and confess/profess it to everybody:

The gospel: God, the Father, delivered God, the Son, for our sins and raised him from the dead for our justification.

The man who believes that and gets baptized (or remembers his infant baptism), will receive the power of the Holy Spirit which makes him able to love his fellow human beings and to behave righteous.

 

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The spiritual dilemma

In daily life we seldom encounter people which behave really Christianly.

However, if we would ask them about their faith, they would tell us that they are Christians.

Isn’t there an inconsistence? Wouldn’t we expect that a Christian behaves Christianly?

What is the reason why the confession of faith often doesn’t fit together with the behaviour of a person?

Most people are either members of the mainline churches (Protestant and Catholic) or of re-baptizing Free Churches. It is still the minority which belongs to a non-Christian faith, or has abandoned any belief in supernatural things.

Let us focus on the people which are either members of mainline churches or of re-baptizing Free Churches.

The group which belongs to the mainline churches, can be divided in Catholics and mainline Protestants.

Now, what is the reason why neiter members of the mainline churches nor members of re-baptizing Free Churches behave really Christianly?

Let us assume that the membership in a true Christian Church would cause true Christian behaviour. At the same time we could assume that a distorted church would not lead here members to good behaviour.

Indeed, there is something wrong with all the churches which we regard as true Christian Churches, and thus their members have a lack of good behaviour.

First, the mainline churches; what about them?

The mainline churches are distinguished by the sacramental baptism which they keep (it is good that they keep the sacramental baptism, and sacramental baptism is good in itself).

Whereby, there is a restriction: The Roman Catholic Church keeps the sacramental baptism but is nevertheless no Christian Church which could mediate any health because the pope has displaced Jesus from his office as head of the Church. The Holy Spirit has left the Roman Catholic Church for a long time, and it is only the husk of a church with no spiritual power. Hence, their members will scarcely experience any deliverance and will sacarcely get perceived as Christians in daily life.

The sacramental baptism includes infant baptism. According to the doctrine of the Holy Bible and the Early Church, the doctrine of sacramental baptism or infant baptism is valid and correct. However, the members of the mainline churches often are not better than Babbitts. What is the reason?

The mainline Protestant churches (as we have expeled the Roman Catholic Church, let us focus on the mainline Protestant churches) don’t tell the people anything about the meaning of sacramental baptism. They conceal that sacramental baptism is a divine call. By sacramental baptism we are called to follow Jesus, or to say it in other words, we are baptized into a new life or into Jesus. After sacramental baptism we are able to follow Jesus and shall follow Jesus. Regretably, the mainline churches tell the people that work and family would be all about Christianity. True Christianity doesn’t mean only work and care for the family, but also active love for disadvantaged people. This love is independent from social status, nationality, belief, colour, etc.

We need a Reformation of the mainline churches like Anglican Church, Lutheran Church, Presbyterian Church, Methodist Church, Episcopal Church, etc., so that they may preach the gospel of the costly grace again which means active love. Baptism is a divine call for discipleship.

The mainline Protestant Churches are actually the true Christian Church, regarding their confessional documents which fit together with the doctrine of the Early Church and the Bible. It is only that they have adopted the heresy of the cheap grace: Being a Babbitt is all about Christianity. When the mainline Protestant churches would abandon the cheap grace and adopt the costly grace again, their members would behave really Christian in daily life.

As we have yet expeled the Roman Catholic Church, we also expel the re-baptizing Free Churches. They don’t belong to the worldwide Christian Church because they don’t keep the one, holy, sacramental baptism which is according to the doctrine of the Early Church and the Bible. They may tell a lot and fervently about discipleship, yet it is all meaningless because they have not yet realized the entry door to a Christian life which is sacramental baptism. The re-baptizing Free Churches regard baptism as a mere symbolic act or as an act of obedience: After conversion someone shall confess his personal faith publically. This doctrine has nothing to do with the true doctrine about baptism and hence the re-baptism gives no releasing power to the person to be baptized. Thus, members of re-baptizing Free Churches have no power to follow Jesus, even if they have a strong will. The strongest will is too weak to overcome the demonical power of the original sin which dwells in us or our body.

 

The good and holy Sacramental Baptism

Mostly Sacramental Baptism goes along with infant baptism. Usually, churches which practice infant baptism, acknowledge Sacramental Baptism.

First, how is it possible that infants can be baptized. The reason is simply that faith doesn’t depend on the reason of the infant but on the impact of the Holy Spirit. An infant may even believe easier because he or she is not yet able to scrutinize like an adult with his or her reason.

That gives us the bridge to the subject in general.

One may have heard the gospel: Jesus has borne our sins when he died for us on the cross.

We may be able to grasp the gospel to a certain extent. Worst case we could even err, and assume (by our fallen reason) that after Christ’s  sacrifice we could sin more because the more we sin the more grace we will get (that would be according to our damned reason).

It is, of course, necessary that we get the gospel rightly. It is, of course, impossible that the gospel could cause that we start to sin more. Of course, the gospel shall cause that we sin less. In order to mediate this to us, God has “invented” Sacramental Baptism. At Sacramental Baptism our faith gets strengthened and confirmed by God himself.

Sacramental Baptism is a physical homily and the locus in space and time where we get fully connected with Christ’s sacrifice. Your whole man gets involved: Body, soul and heart. The heavenly preacher is God himself. He brings the gospel near to you in a way which cannot be described by human words or a human homily. At Sacramental Baptism all barriers of space and time disappear, and you die and resurrect together with Jesus. At Sacramental Baptism you make a real physical experience which goes beyond understanding of any human homily. At Sacramental Baptism the sin in you gets dethroned and you receive the Holy Spirit or a new life, or, in other words, you get baptized into Jesus. You get born from above. Baptism is the Holy Fountain and a supernatural process of recreation. God acts during Baptism and makes you a new creature.

After Baptism you are fully empowered to follow Jesus, and there is no more need to doubt the personal faith. You have been at Calvary in a real sense. Just follow Jesus right now. Do the first step and believe. If you have yet received infant baptism, don’t get baptized again but refer to your infant baptism.

The lousy rebaptism

What is rebaptism? Free Churches which re-baptize, have not understood at all the true doctrine of baptism. They assume baptism would be a mere symbolic act. After someone has become a believer, he shall confess his faith publically as an act of obedience. Furthermore, they reject infant baptism because they assume infants could not believe.

Rebaptism is a crime.

God has given us the Sacramental Baptism, in order to strengthen and confirm the small faith which we can produce by nature. The re-baptizing churches should tell the people to refer to there infant baptism, but instead they tell the people that faith would completely depend on true conversion and repentence, and baptism would be a mere symbolic act, after someone has yet become a believer. Hence, people which have received infant baptism and get baptized again by a Free Church get totally dispensed from their first baptism which was the right and only one, and could give them health, if they would refer to it.

Of course, it is a misery that the mainline churches baptize, and tell the people nothing about discipleship. However, Sacramental Baptism is good in itself, even if the mainline churches have a false handling of it. Hence, people should not be re-baptized but be told that they should refer to their first baptism, and regard it as a divine call to follow Jesus. After that they should just follow Jesus.

Conclusion: Forget the re-baptizing Free Churches. Strictly speaking, they are cults. Members of mainline churches should realize the meaning of infant baptism, and start to follow Jesus in daily life in the releasing power of Christ’s sacrifice which was dedicated to them at infant baptism.  Practice active love to your neighbour.

 

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The spiritual dilemma of the USA

One could get the impression, Christianity by itself would not work because he scarcely encounters anyone who really behaves Christianly in daily life although he or she would claim to be a Christian.

There must be something wrong both with the Protestant mainline churches and the re-baptizing Free Churches (let us expel previously the Roman Catholic Church which is obviously distorted by papacy).

In the USA there are a lot of so-called re-baptizing Free Churches (rebaptism is not according to the doctrine of the Early Church, and not according to the Bible). The re-baptizing Free Churches presume to be the real Christians because they emphasize true conversion and repentance. They assume that the mainline churches would make a mistake by baptizing infants, before they have converted, or were even able to convert by a fully developed reason. Yet, the infant baptism or the sacramental baptism is not wrong in itself. It is only handled falsely by the mainline churches by concealing that sacramental baptism is a divine call for discipleship.

First, an outlock on the churches which don’t rebaptize.

Well, even in the USA many people may have received infant baptism because still many Americans are members of Protestant mainline churches, like Episcopal Church, Anglican Church, Presbyterian Church, Lutheran Church, Methodist Church, etc. It is good that the mainline churches keep the infant baptism, and don’t re-baptize because that is the tradition of the Christian Church for times immemorial, and it is according to the Holy Writ.

It is only that these Protestant mainline churches don’t tell the people, what infant baptism (= sacramental baptism) means. It means that we got baptized into a new life or into Jesus. After sacramental baptism we are empowered to follow Jesus, and we shall follow Jesus at any rate. The Early Church could not imagine that someone who is baptized, doesn’t follow Jesus in daily life.

Conclusion: The mainline churches urgently need a Reformation, so that they may preach the gospel of the costly grace again (gostly grace means that a Christian who has received God’s grace, follows Jesus). The mainline churches have actually good roots but bring little fruit. That is a great pity.

One could assume that there is something wrong with the mainline churches because most of there members don’t follow Jesus in daily life (reason: no information about the meaning of sacramental baptism). The re-baptizing Free Churches assume that sacramental baptism or infant baptism would be wrong in itself. They make a mistake. Sacramental baptism is not wrong in itself but the problem is, as I have yet said, that the mainline churches don’t inform their members about the meaning of sacramental baptism, and thus it remains ineffective. People need to know that they should refer to their infant baptism, and start to follow Jesus in the power of Christ’s sacrifice which was dedicated to them at baptism.

The re-baptizing Free Churches emphasize (too much) the conversion, or getting born again. They assume that someone must first become a believer, and then get baptized (baptism they regard as an act of obedience and a public confession of the personal faith). They don’t baptize infants because they assume an infant could not yet believe in Christ. They think baptism is a mere symbolic act, and God would not act during baptism.
Furthermore, they presume to be the real Christians, and emphasize strict discipleship. They make the mistake to reject infant baptism or sacramental baptism because they assume sacramental baptism could not work (above I have explained there is another reason: the mainline churches don’t explain the meaning of the sacramental baptism, and thus it remains without effect). The re-baptizing Free Churches are also out of line with their doctrine of conversion and repentance. Of course, one should have faith, before he gets baptized, that is true, but the faith doesn’t depend on our reason but on the impact of the Holy Spirit. Furthermore, starting to believe and getting baptized belong together, and they are a unit. Sacramental baptism strengthens the faith (it is much more than a symbolic act or an act of obedience and public confession). It is a mistake that the re-baptizing Free Churches emphasize too much the conversion and repentance because by that they imply that the human being would be able to be a Christian out of his own natural power.

Now, what is the real Church which helps people to live a delivered life?

Actually, the mainline churches (Episcopal, Anglican, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, etc.) are the real or true Church because they keep the one, holy, sacramental baptism which comprises infant baptism. It is only that regretably they have adopted the gospel of the cheap grace (you are yet a good Christian when you are a Babbitt), and they ordain gays priests and pastors. Furthermore, they don’t tell the people that baptism is a divine call for discipleship. Mainline churches would become the true Church again, if they would tell the people that baptism is a divine call for discipleship.

The re-baptizing Free Churches must be condemned because their doctrine of re-baptism was always condemned. Someone who re-baptizes shows that he has not understood at all, what baptism means. Yet, true baptism is the condition for successful discipleship. Hence, although the re-baptizing Free Churches favour discipleship, they fail totally because they don’t have the power to really follow Jesus which is given through sacramental baptism.

Conclusion: The Free Churches must get abolished, and the mainline churches must get reformed.

What about Roman Catholic Church (RCC)?: RCC is no Christian Church because of papacy.

In a word: The members of the mainline churches fail to live the Christian life because nobody tells them that baptism is a divine call for discipleship. The members of re-baptizing Free Churches fail to live the Christian life because their churches don’t keep the sacramental baptism which is the entry door to discipleship. By emphasizing the conversion and repentance the re-baptizing Free Churches condemn their members to dependence on their natural abilities. They are condemned to fail, even if they want to follow Jesus. It will not work.

 

The meaning of sacramental baptism

Assumed, you have heard the gospel: Jesus has borne your sins, when he died for you on the cross.

To a certain extent you may grasp that statement: Jesus has borne your sins on the cross.

God, in his infinite grace has invented a process, in order to strengthen and to confirm your faith perfectly. This is sacramental baptism. At sacramental baptism all barriers of time and space disappear and you die and rise together with Jesus. Sacramental baptism is the locus in space and time where you get holistically connected with Christ’s atonement.

Sacramental baptism is much stronger than any human homily. Your whole man gets involved: soul, heart and body. After baptism it should be impossible to remain without faith.

After sacramental baptism you can be that sure of deliverance that you can immediately start to follow Jesus in daily life. This is the “trick” of sacramental baptism.

The members of re-baptizing Free Churches may always ask themselves, if they are really born again. Anytime they become mad or totally desperate. Damned rebaptism!!!

Sacramental baptism is a clearly defined point which marks the beginning of your Christian life and you just begin to live it.

That is all according to Epistle to the Romans, Chapter 6, which is the center of the Holy Bible.

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Pope Gregory VII

A lot of people still may know that the popes had more influence than today in the Middle Ages or dark age (this age lasted from 1076 to 1742 a. D., if you take the pope’s supremacy as indicator). However, they had not merely more influence than today but they were the highest secular rulers and ecclesiastical rulers at the same time. This was an enormous concentration of power. The first pope who really presumed to  be pope-emperor or superemperor was Pope Gregory VII (1020-1085 a. D.). Below you can read some paragraphs of the  document Dictatus Papaewhich was probably drafted by him.

Pope Gregory VII was one of the first men, mixing politics with religion. Like Muhammad he filled the world with blood, in order to increase his earthly power, honour and riches. Muhammad and the pope used religion as smoke screen for their malice:

Document Dictatus Papae” (by Pope Gregory VII, the Antichrist):

(Extract)

8. That the pope alone may use the imperial insignia.

9. That of the pope alone all princes shall kiss the feet!!!

10. That his name alone shall be spoken in the churches.

11. That this is the only name in the world.

12. That it may be permitted to him to depose emperors.

19. That he himself may be judged by no one.

That is without limit: These papal laws are still valid! It’s only that the today secular powers are too strong at the moment, and the pope cannot behave like he wishes to behave. I hope the US will recover economically, otherwise the papal monster will seize rule again.

Joke: “I believe in God, the Pope, the Allmighty!”

Note: I guess, longterms the papacy and Islam will increasingly get displaced by the Beast (a community of godless states, ruled by the Arch-Blasphemer). That is, what we can observe today (states and their populations become more and more profane or secular), and moreover it is predicted in the book of Revelation of the Bible that finally the whole world will worship the Arch-Blasphemer (the head of the Beast) or the Wicked.

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666

Primary note:

In order to understand the issue, we must first get to know the difference between the Roman Empire (27 B. C. to 476 a. D.) and the Holy Roman Empire (800 a. D. to 1806 a. D.). Although the names of the two Empires sound very similar, they are two totally different things. The Roman Empire knew no mixture of state and Church. Merely, beginning with emperor Constantine the Great, the Church got gradually protected by the Roman Empire. The Roman Empire declined in 476 a. D.. Papacy was established 607 a. D.. In the course of time the power of the popes increased, and thus 800 a. D. the Frankish king Charles the Great was crowned emperor by the pope. By this coronation the Roman Empire resurrected, and was now called Holy Roman Empire. The Center of the Holy Roman Empire was not Italy, but Germany. Hence, the Roman Empire or Holy Roman Empire is the Beast (including it’s head, the Wicked or Arch-Blasphemer) of Revelation, Chapter 17.

Why do we call the Middle Ages dark age sometimes?

What made life so unpleasant during the dark age?

There are two reasons: The impact of the pope and the impact of the Muslims (the Muslim Arabs (Saracens) and the Muslim Turks).

Here, I will focus on the influence of wicked papacy:

After Gregory the Great (the last good pope, lifetime 540-604 a. D.) the wicked papacy was established by the criminal emperor Phocas (emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire or Byzantium, reign 602-610 a. D.). Phocas made the Roman See the highest on earth which was a crime because God refuses a visible head of the whole Church. Jesus Christ shall be the head of the whole Church.

After wicked (papacy is wicked because God doesn’t want  any  See to be the highest one on earth)  papacy was established, the papal office corrupted more and more in the course of time. After a while the popes not only presumed to be the bishops of all bishops but they even claimed to be higher than the emperor or any king.  This development peaked in the papal document Dictatus Papae (by Pope Gregory VII, lifetime 1020-1085) which declared that the pope was higher than the emperor. According to the demands of the document Dictatus Papae, Gregory VII indeed deposed emperor Henry IV (emperor of the Holy Roman Empire) at a Lenten synod on February 14, 1076 a. D..

From 1076 onward the Roman-German emperors (emperors of the Holy Roman Empire) were subordinated to the pope.

Now hang on to your hat: For 666 years the Pope was the Super-Emperor of the whole world up to 1742 a. D., when the Holy Roman Empire (center: Germany) got an secular emperor again (Emperor Karl VII, who got crowned emperor on February 12, 1742 a. D.) One of the darkest periods of history lasted 666 years. Seemingly this number 666 is identic to the Number of the Beast 666 which is mentioned in the Revelation.

Free Churches should stop to mind about the meaning of 666.

From 1076 to 1742 a beast ruled the world. 666 years long the world was tortured by a beast.

God prevent us from a further papal rule. It is yet enough that he rules his club of predators (child abuse).

Passages of the Holy Bible, regarding the issue:

Revelation, Chapter 13:

1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.

6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.

10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

 

Revelation, Chapter 17:

1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:

2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.

3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.

4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:

5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.

7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.

8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.

10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.

11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.

12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.

13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.

16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.

17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.

18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

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Philistines

This article was written as an answer to the following article of CNN:

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/08/24/less-educated-americans-are-losing-religion-study-finds/

The question of the CNN article was: Why do white Americans less attend religious services today?

Answer:

Indeed, there are two divine mandates (insti-tutions): work and marriage. God requires man to produce children and goods.

I praise everybody who works, and who is married. Fine! That is the basis of human life.

However, I see a small danger.

One could assume, working and being married would be all about Christianity. Such one is in danger to make an idol out of work and marriage. One, making an idol out of work and marriage, is a Philistine or square. Work and marriage are good in itself but nobody likes Philistines because of their idolatry.

The problem of today is that the secular (profane, godless) authorities try to breed human robots (people with a certain secular behaviour pattern). The authorities want human beings which are totally focused on work and to a less extent on marriage. Thus, they want to breed Philistines. Philistines are easy to handle, and produce a big tax revenue.

Well educated or not, at Church people want to meet Christian brothers and sisters but they don’t want to meet nasty Philistines there. A Church, consisting of Philistines, will lose their members in the course of time because only a few people want to stay in a nasty wormhole.

What makes a Christian?

Of course, a Christian also works and marries but he makes no idol out of these things. A Christian doesn’t adore an idol but Jesus Christ.

Churches were always inclined to adopt themselves to the world and worldly values like these: He has a good workplace, he has a beautiful wife, thus he is good (blessed). Blessed are the Philistines! Of course, such Churches are no real Churches but temples of idolatry.

In the real Church there should be the following people: People, having (or developing) a Jesus-like character. Everybody, adoring Jesus, will get changed into a human being which is totally opposed to a Philistine.

The character of a loveable man, adoring Jesus, we can find in the start of the Sermon of the Mount (Matthew 5: 1-12):

And seeing the multi-tudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:

2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

 5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

 7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

We need pastors and bishops, being model Christians. A pastor should keep connection to reality (outside the Church-world) by doing an ordinary job beside his ministry (carpenter, nurse, tailor, teacher, gardener or anything else). Pastors, living according to the Sermon of the Mount within the real world (of work), would be very credible. They could preach with authority.

The big proplem of the Churches today is it that the Church leaders live in a kind of subculture (they  meet solely people, having something to do with the Church), having lost touch to the real world. At Sunday they preach, how to behave in everyday life, but they live in a world, where they themselves are not challenged by any brutal workmates or bosses or customers or pupils or so.

Pastors and bishops, depending too much on the donations of their church members, are in danger to preach a Philistine gospel. They may calculate like this: the richer my congregation, the richer I am.

Hence, it is high time to establish a new system. Pastors should never fully retire from a worldly job. They may do an somewhat easier job with limited effort of time, in order to spare time for their divine ministry.

Note: Pastors, preaching the Philistine gospel make a big mistake. They cause a contest between their church members: who has the best job, who has the most beautiful wife? This leads to selfishness and isolation of the single church member. This is the opposite of the real Church which Jesus founded.

Furthermore, true Christians in a true Church, having no idotic contest, could found cooperations (they could found small companies or schools, etc.). In this way they would become independent from the godless rulers of this world which want to make them slaves or human robots.

Now things have come full circle: When you preach the true gospel, you help your church members even materially.

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The Rich Young Ruler (Matthew 19: 16-30)

16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? 17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. 18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, 19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? 21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. 22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. 23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. 24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. 25 When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? 26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. 27 Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? 28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. 30 But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.
 
 

Before Jesus met  the young ruler, he just had blessed children, and through that he confirmed the divine mandates of marriage and work, that man shall produce children and goods. After that Jesus went on to Jerusalem, where he should be rejected and suffer.

Suddenly a rich young ruler approaches Jesus, stops him, and tells him: “I am a man, according to your notions of a perfect man:  I have purchased riches, wife and children.” By that he told Jesus he would belong to the good people on earth (establishment) which know, how life works, and which cope with life. He belonged to that sort of people which get born into this world with a label on their forehead: Possessor! Possessing work, possessing money, possessing family. Possessing was the basic attribute of his personality. But sometimes, at silent moments, he started to mind and wondered, what will come after death. What could he do, in order to possess everything, even after death? So, Jesus was very welcome; this famous evangelist could give him information for sure.

The young ruler asks Jesus which good deeds he had to do, in order to become a possessor of eternal life.

First, Jesus had to made it plain that he himself didn’t belong to the possessors and bosses on earth, and he  never wanted to be their good master. The young ruler had expected an answer from Jesus which would be inside the categories of this world, but Jesus directs him to God who could give him information about what is good. For Jesus was kind, he also told him, what God required him to do: “Keep the commandments!” Jesus handles the young ruler  pastorally and first tells him the commandments which are even known within the world of the Philistines (Jesus first retains the commandments, refering to loving God), not to overcharge him. The young ruler as honourable citizen cannot avoid to tell Jesus, he had ever kept all the commandments, whereby he obviously made a mistake, regarding himself, because how could he be rich, and at the same time love his neighbours like himself. Okay, sometimes, when he attented the market of Jerusalem, he gave the beggars some denars, but to built a school for the poor children of his poor neighbours of his village, that was yet too much to ask for.

Jesus becomes a little more vigorous, and requires the young man to give all his possession to the poor, and then to follow him. Should that be hard for him who allegedly loved his neighbour like himself, to give all his possession to the poor? Jesus releases the young ruler at first from his delusion, he would love his neighbour like himself. But Jesus goes on even further, and tries to get him out out of the limited world of the Philistines by saying: “Follow me!” Jesus doesn’t want to put in order merely the relationship between the rich young man and his neighbours, but even his relationship with God. Jesus now requires him to do 2 things: “Give all your worldly goods to the poor!” and “Follow me!”. In fact it is merely about following Jesus. The wealth of the rich young ruler was his idol (mammon) which kept him away from Jesus. The wealth of the rich young man had become an idol, because he was not ready to share it with people in need. Jesus told him: “Abandon your idol, and join me, the true God!”  By following Jesus, the young man had automatically kept all commandments: regarding the love to his neighbour and regarding the love to God.

The young man went away sorrowful, because he loved his idol more than God. Jesus’ comment: “A rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.”

The followers of Jesus got exceedingly amazed, saying, who then can be saved?

The disciples had understood Jesus very well. The young man didn’t use his wealth rightly. It was not about possessing much or little, but about the lacking readiness of the young man to donate anything of his possession. That was his problem. He didn’t use his wealth to help the poor, thus his wealth became a curse and demon for him which kept him away from Jesus.

The wealth in itself was not bad, but the fact that the young man didn’t use it for helping the poor. The young man handled wrongly his wealth. But even a labourer with a small fortune  can be as guilty as the rich young ruler, when he doesn’t help people in need. Even a small fortune can become a curse and demon for someone who doesn’t use it rightly. Often labourers criticize bosses for their wealth, but possibly they are as guilty as their bosses. The disciples had understood that even a very small fortune can be keep someone away from heaven, if he uses it wrong. Who then can be saved? We are all guilty of avarice.

One could say: “Oh, I have understood, it is only important not to attach one’s heart to the fortune. I will keep on increasing my fortune and keep on saving money.” This man makes a big mistake. Somebody who really has not attached his heart to his riches, will start immediately to give away parts of his fortune and will not keep on increasing his fortune. There are plenty of needy people. One must be blind to oversee them.

By the way, here it becomes clear, what Jesus means by the term “bad eye” which he uses so often. A rich man who doesn’t donate any money, could say: “Oh, I have not attached my heart to my fortune, I am free.” But this would mean that he would not perceive solely one poor man. This is only possible by having “bad eyes”. Someone, who doesn’t want to perceive the poor, will finally become spiritually blind and unable to realize the existence of the poor. Bad eyes are a kind of damnation, because a man with bad eyes has no awareness of the sin of his avarice.

Everybody, reading this article, should immediately start to help people in need. That is the only right conclusion, after reading this article.

No matter, if you are a labourer or an enterpriser, start to give. Give away the money, that can become a curse and demon for you which keeps you away from Jesus.

By the way, Jesus doesn’t want us to become poor, but he just wants that we really love our neighbours by word and deed. Jesus doesn’t appreciate poverty, but the readiness to give. Poverty is no value in itself.

It is all about following Jesus and that means to submit all areas of the personal life to Jesus. How does a follower of Jesus handle his neighbour?: He loves him by word and deed. However, discipleship is even more than correct handling of finances, but concerns all areas of life.

How can we get the power to obey Jesus entirely and to follow him?

Answer: By faith and sacramental baptism. Read the article about baptism:

Holy Baptism

 

Important note:

By nature we are selfish. We are under the rule of the original sin. We need deliverance. At Holy Baptism we receive the power of Christ’s death and resurrection. We die together with Jesus and resurrect together with Jesus to a new life. Jesus wants to set us free. Of course, before we get baptized we have to believe that Jesus died for us on the cross. Jesus has borne our sins on the cross. The releasing power of this sacrifice we receive at baptism.

What is a Philistine?

Philistines (bourgeoises, squares) embrace an earthly (secular, wordly) attidute, i. e. they pursue honour, riches and power. A Philistine life is opposed to a Christian life. Both cannot be united at all. Either I am a Philistine, or I am a Christian. The rich young ruler was an obvious Philistine. Jesus didn’t really appreciate his life-style, but asked him to convert (sell all your goods, and give it to the poor, and come on and follow me!).

Christian life-style:

The fruit of faith is Christian love. A Christian pursues happyness for his neighbours and for himself. It is a game of making happy each other. Christians share the gospel of Jesus Christ with their neighbours, and wish the advance of their neighbours in all areas of life. Their life is a life of health and their message is a message of health.

Of course, also Christians work and marry, but they don’t see work and marriage as expression of their social status. Christians are not concerned about their social status, but how they can live according to God’s will. Work and marriage are divine mandates for all human beings. Everybody is supposed to work and to marry (with some little exceptions). By the divine mandates children and good come into being which constitute the world, in which we live.

 

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The Beast and the Roman Catholic Church

Protests against the Pope in Spain are splashy.

Why?

Spain actually is an traditional arch-Catholic country (it was the center of the Counter-Reformation against the Protestants).

So, obviously Spain experiences a big change. Maybe some years ago nobody could consider it possible that the Spanish youth would protest against the Holy Father. Surveys show that Spain is about to become a arch-secular state. Regarding the separation of state and church the Western Countries are secular for decades, but that even whole populations like the Spanish become secular, is a new occurence.

Dr. Martin Luther said that, according to the Book of Revelation, papacy will perish. Finally the secular powers will no longer protect the Roman Catholic Church (RCC), as they did for centuries. That is epochal.

Read Revelation, Chapter 17:

1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:

2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.

3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.

4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:

 5 And upon her forehead [was] a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. 6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.

7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.

 8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

9 And here [is] the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.

10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, [and] the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.

11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.

12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.

13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him [are] called, and chosen, and faithful.

15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.

16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.

17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.

18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

 

Maybe in 30 years the RCC will have degenerated to an insignificant sect.

Should we rejoice at the decline of the RCC? It depends. Surely, it is good when an organization, which has murdered many true Christians, will decline, but what will come after the RCC? After the RCC comes The Beast. Being aware of an awful future, we should escape under Jesus’ screen. Jesus is Lord of all lords and King of all kings.

Jesus is Lord-God (Kyrios).

Pray that Jesus gives you a revelation of himself.

 

Interpretation of Revelation, Chapter 17:

Note:

“scarlet coloured beast” means more or less “Europe”, which has it’s roots in the Empire of Charles the Great (Karl der Grosse). Charles the Great accepted that the imperial rule was shifted from Constantinopel to him by the pope (this was very presumptuous by the pope). When Charles accepted to be the new Roman Emperor, he accepted that the whore climbed on the back of the Beast, which is Europe.

For many centuries the worldly (secular) powers (Emperors, Kings, democratic governments) have “carried” the Roman Catholic Church (RCC). “Carried” means protected, and the European rulers even submitted to the pope for 666 years.

Now, currently, the multitudes gradually become so corrupt that even the foul whore is too holy for them and they show public refusal against the whore.

This corrupt multitudes can no longer get ruled by “normal” governments. They need a strict ruler, who knows how they work. The ruler of downright sinners must be a downright Beast, that is very clear.

On the one hand I am glad that the whore declines, which has slayed plenty of true Christians, but one the other hand I am aware that we are about to enter a very dark age, darker than the Middle Ages.

Let us go under the screen of Kyrios Jesus, who will destroy the Beast at last.

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Islamic conquests

“Byzantium and the Early Islamic Conquests” is a book, written by Prof. Dr. Walter Kaegi (University of Chicago).

Kaegi tries to solve the following brain-teaser: When Muhammad’s army in Arabia became strong, emperor Heraclius (he was emperor of Byzantium) did not make sufficient efforts, to face the Muslim threat. What was the reason for that?

Introduction: Muhammad and the emperor Heraclius were contemporaries. Muhammad was about to establish the Islam in Arabia (today Saudi-Arabia), which did not belong to the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantium), but was located at the south-eastern edge of Byzantium. Byzantium was a Christian empire (Heraclius even participated in Church councils). Palastine, Syria and Egypt belonged to Byzantium for a long time and the population was Christian. Up to 634 Byzantine Palestine and Syria were Christian countries!

At the time of Muhammad and Heraclius there were two superpowers on earth: Byzantium and Persia. Between Byzantium and Persia was continual war. Finally Byzantium won the last decisive war in 628 a. D.. By that war Byzantium got quite exhausted.

 Muhammad started to preach and to kill in Arabia around 613 a. D..

622 Muhammad started a civil war in Arabia, which finally led to his rule over nearly the whole Arabia in 631.

Heraclius had become emperor in 610. For many years (up to 628) he was busy with the hard war against Persia. In the year 631 he knew of Muhammad for perhaps 9 years (since 622 when Muhammad started civil war in Arabia). According to Kaegi, the Bishop of Jerusalem Sophronius said 634 that the Arabs came “unexpected” (637 the Arabs finally captured Jerusalem after a long siege). Being aware of the weakness of Byzantium and the acute threat by Muslim-Arabs, why didn’t Heraclius warn the citizens of Syria and Palestine against the Muslims?

Hypothesis: Heraclius and his generals were in a situation similar to our today situation: Someone, who has no exact knowledge of the Islam or Koran, could think: “Oh, that’s just a harmless theistic faith. Isn’t it similar to Christianity? They even acknowledge Jesus as prophet.”

It is really possible that Heraclius and his generals totally underestimated the Muslim threat. Maybe they had recognized, Muhammad built up a strong army in Arabia, but they could not imagine to be assaulted by a folk, believing in God.

Conclusion: It is high time for us to understand, what the Islam really is. Islam is not harmless theism, but pure anti-Christianity. Muhammad had a clear will to exterminate Jews and Christians. In Muhammad’s eyes Abraham was the first faithful Muslim and Jews and Christians are Muslims, having turned apostate. Muhammad wanted to lead back the mankind to the genuine belief of Abraham, which was the Islam in Muhammad’s eyes. This, we must understand.

Islam wants to rule the world. That is its declared aim.

By the way, there are some suras, telling Muslims must keep treaties. Of course, that is a mean trick of Muhammad. Naive readers of the Koran shall get the impression that Muslims are promise-keepers or faithful people like Christians. Muhammad wants to fool us. We shall get the impression, Muslims would be true believers.

Maybe Muhammad had concluded a peace treaty with Heraclius and Heraclius thus feared no danger and did not inform his people about any Muslim threat. That was a mistake. The Muslims overrun Syria and Palestine and slaughtered with devotion.

Let us recognize that the whole Umma (Islamic community) is a criminal gang just using the Koran for refurbishing its image. The Umma is a big wolf in sheep’s clothing. Believe me, they are just evil warriors!

Islamic warfare: Gain confidence of the naive Christians, then beheading them. Gaining confidence again, beheading again. Finally the whole world will be Muslim.

If a Muslim army would assault a Christian country, it should rain nukes on the Muslim army!

Satanic hosts must be exterminated.

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